Sarawak records 8th fatality, 21 new Covid-19 cases

KUCHING: Sarawak recorded one death due to Covid-19 today, bringing the total number of fatalities in the state to eight.

Deputy Chief Minister Dr Sim Kui Hian said the patient who passed away at the Sarawak General Hospital was a 40-year-old lecturer from Kota Samarahan.

He said Sarawak also recorded 21 new cases today, with 20 warded at the
Sarawak General Hospital and one at the Sibu Hospital.

“These bring the total number of positive cases in the state to 156,” he said at a press conference here.

“This is the highest number of positive cases recorded in a day.

“We have increased our capacity to do the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing to 2,000 a day in Kuching and this explains why we have detected more positive cases,” he said.

Sim said Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) was also helping the Sarawak General Hospital with the PCR testing.

He said the Sibu Hospital had begun to do its own PCR testing and the Miri and Bintulu Hospitals would also start similar tests.

Sim said the state disaster management committee was planning to set up more quarantine centres in Kuching.

He said the Aminuddin Baki Education Leadership and Management Training Institute and the Inland Revenue Board’s (LHDN) academy here had been proposed as quarantine centres to cope up with any eventuality.

“In addition, we are looking at the Royal Customs and Excise Academy,” he said.

He said the state government had also been getting medical experts from the Fujian provincial government in China to share their experiences and expertise in dealing with Covid-19.

“We are doing this through weekly video-conferencing,” he said.

Sim also said police had arrested 276 people for not complying with the movement control order.